Advisory Board
John Tague

Mr Tague served as CEO of Hertz Global from 2014 - 2017. Prior to that, he served as President and member of the board of United Air Lines Inc where he had responsibility for all airline management functions. In his eight years with United Airlines, Mr. Tague also held other senior leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer of United Air Lines and UAL Corp. Prior to joining United, Mr. Tague was President & CEO of ATA Airlines. During Mr. Tague’s tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Air Transport World named ATA the best-managed medium-sized airline worldwide. Mr Tague also serves on the board of Choice Hotels. (Chh) and Reddy Ice., a private equity-backed company

Glenn F. Tilton

Glenn F. Tilton most recently served as Chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase. He assumed the role as the company’s senior executive across its businesses and functions in the region, in June 2011, and focused on building and strengthening the company’s business and brand in the Midwest United States. Until December 2012, Tilton also served as non-executive chairman of the board of directors of United Continental Holdings, Inc., following the merger between United and Continental Airlines in 2010. Prior to the merger, Tilton served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of UAL Corporation and chairman and chief executive officer of United Airlines, positions he assumed in 2002, where he led the company through a $23 billion restructuring, returned the company to profitability and successfully completed the merger with Continental Airlines.

Prior to joining United, having completed the merger of Texaco and Chevron, Tilton was vice chairman of the board of directors of ChevronTexaco, as well as interim chairman of Dynegy Inc. Up to that time, he served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Texaco Inc., a position he assumed in February 2001. Tilton joined Texaco Inc. in 1970 and served in various marketing, corporate planning and operational assignments of increasing responsibility, including president of Texaco Europe, president of Texaco USA and president of Texaco’s Global Business Unit.

Tilton serves on the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie (as lead director), Phillips 66, and Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. He previously served on President Obama’s President’s Export Council and the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. In April, 2014, Tilton was named executive vice chairman, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He also serves as board chairman of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and on the boards for World Business Chicago Executive Committee where he serves as co-chair of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, the Commercial Club of Chicago Civic Committee, The Economic Club of Chicago, Big Shoulders Fund, and the 100 Club of Chicago. In 2011, he was named as chairman of the American Cancer Society’s national program, CEOs Against Cancer.

Phil Soran

Phil Soran is a serial entrepreneur in the technology field founding companies that have generated thousands of jobs. Phil was recently selected as the inaugural inductee to the Titans of Technology Hall of Fame by the Mpls St Paul Business Journal. Phil was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2008 and El Dorado Ventures in 2007. He was selected as one of 40 Minnesotans on the Move in 2009. Most recently, Phil was the founder, President and CEO of Compellent Technologies which started in 2002. Dell acquired Compellent for $960 Million dollars in February of 2011. Phil retired as the President of Dell/Compellent in March of 2012. Compellent was founded in Phil’s basement, went public on the NYSE in 2007, and was one of the fastest growing storage companies in the world before acquisition. Previously, Phil served as chief executive officer and president of XIOtech Corp, a network storage vendor that he co-founded in his basement in 1995. XIOtech was purchased by Seagate in January of 2000 for $360M. Phil also held various management, sales, marketing, and technical positions at IBM for 10 years. Phil serves on the board of Piper Jaffray, SPS Commerce, Help Systems, and Hutchinson Technologies, and also served on the board of directors of Stellent from 2003 to 2006 prior to its acquisition by Oracle. Before he went into IT, Phil started his career as a junior high math teacher in Colorado. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Since retirement, which Phil calls half time, he has focused much of his time on philanthropic efforts such as education reform – trying to add his experience as an entrepreneur and a former educator to help improve our competitive position. He is involved with several high performance inner city schools, Teach for America, and the Education Transformation Initiative. He received the Genesys Works Achiever Award in 2013 and Social Venture Partner of the Year in 2012.

Steven Felsher

Steven G. Felsher is a Senior Advisor at Quadrangle Group LLC. Mr. Felsher currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Lumos Networks and Tower Vision. Mr. Felsher is an experienced executive with particular skills in finance, administration, governance, and other aspects of public and private company management. He spent most of his career at Grey Global Group Inc., a publicly-traded, global marketing services company. At Grey, Mr. Felsher was Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, and had responsibility for essentially all non-client/media facing activities including financial management, human resources, capital formation and corporate development, investor relations and acquisitions. Mr. Felsher was the point person on Grey’s sale to a strategic acquirer, WPP via a robust auction process. He was designated the chief integration officer by Grey’s Board of Directors to oversee Grey’s merger into the acquirer’s operations. Mr. Felsher left Grey in 2007 and since then has been involved in board, consulting and advisory assignments for a number of companies with particular emphasis in the services, technology and intellectual property fields. Mr. Felsher is a graduate of Dickinson College and Yale Law School, and was a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow.

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